All Washed Up: Old washing machine hoses

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Over 50% of insurance claims related to water damage are from broken water supply hoses. The average claim is more than $6,000. The laundry room is one of your home's most important work spaces, yet it typically receives the least attention...until it's out of service. This week, we're taking a closer look at a simple home maintenance item: washing machine hoses. Did you know that in a typical hom...
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Vacation Checklist Item: Shut Off Main Water Valve

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Recently, an insurance salesman returned home from a business trip to find his first floor and basement flooded with water. The trouble? His water line burst, spewing thousands of gallons of water unnoticed. It took months of work and two contractors to repair the damage. "If you're going to have a leaking supply line, it's going to happen while you're away," says Ray Connaughton, president of All...
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What's your number?

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned our sticker shock upon receiving our quarterly water bill. Since then, we've added another person to our household: Mother (and her dog) are staying with us for a couple of months. When we freaked out at our $300 bill, Mom commented (in her mother-in-law way) "$100 a month for water for a family of 6 isn't so bad. Other people pay more." But mom's not paying the bill....
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A Good Garbage Disposal Makes Dishes Fun. Really.

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A few years ago, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner; a home-cooked affair for about 35 people, including all the in-laws.  Midway through cooking the meal, the garbage disposal failed in a big way: it didn’t have enough horsepower grind the celery waste.  Here’s an appetizing image (NOT): a watery backlog celery strings gurgling up from the kitchen sink just in time for dinner. ...
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5 Tips for Increasing Your Water Heater’s Life Span

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In today's busy world, unexpected hot water heater failure can rapidly create havoc in your home life. A broken water heater means time off work, finding a suitable replacement, working with a reputable plumber, and -- worst of all -- cold showers. The popular manufacturers (A. O. Smith, American, Whirlpool, Bradford White, and others), suggest the life of a water heater is 8-12 years. Fortunately...
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Spring Yard Work: Turn on the outside faucets

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Ahhhh, spring! As our thoughts turn to warm weekends, flower beds, washing cars, and sprinklers, it's time to turn on the outside faucets. Thinking back to last Fall, the early cold snap caught a lot of people off guard – freezing temps set in before many thought to disconnect their garden hose and turn off the water to outside faucets. If that happened to you, now is a good time to check your out...
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